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Chicago 2025: In the shared economy, do you know who your customer is?

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Spoiler alert. In the shared economy, everyone’s customer is the end user. The knowledge worker, the talent, the Millennials, whatever you want to call it. At Chicago 2025, JLL Chicago’s marquee event held earlier this month, we heard from some of the industry’s top thought leaders on how they’re navigating the shared economy’s major changes to the way we operate.

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Panelists John Gavin, Andrea Zopp and Chris Kelly

The No. 1 thing tenants talk about is talent, said World Business Chicago president and CEO Andrea Zopp, which is positive news for Chicago. We’re drawing college graduates at a higher rate than our comparable cities because people are looking for quality of life, affordability and a wide variety of housing options to evolve in an urban environment. And what talent wants is driving both major business decisions and major municipal ones, like Chicago’s investment in Divvy, our bike share program. All employers want is the ability to compete, and Chicago’s diverse economy, connectivity, access to transit, and quality of neighborhoods are all formidable tools for their arsenal. Expect forward-thinking initiatives like the planned express train to O’Hare to go a long way in attracting and retaining our major corporate occupiers.… Read More

Can the market stump JLL Chicago’s industrial experts?

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Welcome to Episode 14 of Real Time, JLL Chicago’s industrial podcast. In our one-year anniversary episode, the team fields questions from our valued listeners. The industrial market tried to stump our experts, but were they successful? Listen for a surprise special guest and our hosts’ answers to questions including:

  • What is the definition of infill?
  • What are you seeing in I-55 as far as demand versus current supply?
  • Is commercial property beginning to respond to changes in interest rates and values?
  • If you could put $100 million to work, which submarket would you pick and why?
  • What’s driving the uptick in leasing of 350,000 to 500,000-square-foot properties?

Thank you to all of our guests and listeners for a fantastic first season. It’s been a pleasure sharing our insight on one of the most exciting and active industrial markets in the country. We continue to learn so much from collaborating with all of you. Season Two is going to clear new heights!

Hosted by: Industrial market research experts George Cutro and Chad Buch

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Q1 2018 Office Insight: A tale of two markets

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Q1 2018 stats for the Downtown Chicago office market

Two roads are diverging in Chicago, as evidenced by first quarter’s mind-boggling 35.2 percent spread between Class A and Class B asking rents downtown. While the triennial property tax assessment pushed landlords of choice properties to raise rents to record highs, they’re controlling the sticker shock with substantial concession packages.

Tenant improvement allowances are up by an average of 33 percent in the CBD over the past five years, something “that’s really moving the needle for tenant decision,” JLL Managing Director of Research Christian Beaudoin recently told Crain’s Chicago Business.

Construction costs rose 3 percent last year, there’s more than 7 million square feet of product under construction and landlords are competing aggressively to land tenants. These factors are fueling tenant demand for TI dollars, which will be applied toward building out creative, highly amenitized spaces in configurations ranging from traditional to progressive (like GGP at River North Point).

While financial services and law firms are shedding excess second generation Class A space, those vacancies continue to be offset by suburban relocations (including McGraw-Hill and AdTalem Education), particularly to the West Loop. Leasing activity has already reached more than 45 percent of last year’s total volume, a roaring start to the year bolstered by the urban migration trend.… Read More

Chicago 2025: The world will never move this slowly again

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Hundreds of industry leaders joined JLL Chicago to discuss Chicago 2025 and the shared economy. Transforming industries and challenging traditional business models, shared economy giants from Uber to WeWork have also become daily staples for all of us.

Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly, co-founder and president of Convene, a New York-based “workplace-as-a-service” platform and provider that expanded into Willis Tower last summer, kicked off the big event with a keynote. We’re on the cusp of a new paradigm, which will redefine the form and utility of office buildings. Seeing as office building design hasn’t changed since the turn of the century, the shared economy lifestyle is posing unique challenges for developers and owners alike.

The world will never move this slowly again. Knowing that two of the world’s largest economic forces, the shared economy and technology, have yet to make their mark on real estate’s dominant design, Chris shared some key predictions in building the office towers of the future:… Read More

Chicago industrial sees recommitments and really big portfolio sales in Q1

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Welcome to Episode 13.5 of Real Time, JLL Chicago’s industrial podcast. In this episode, the team previews the Chicago market’s first quarter industrial statistics, breaking down everything from vacancy and absorption to investment sales and construction deliveries. The highlights:

  • Existing occupiers like Home Depot, Clorox, RJW and Uline are expanding around the market
  • Blackstone and High Street grow their holdings through portfolio acquisitions.
  • Mid-range leasing velocity is robust, with 21 new leases between 100,000 and 500,000 square feet in the first quarter
  • Take notice of the two business park developments near O’Hare, a trend more typical of suburban greenfield markets

Keep your eyes peeled for a detailed submarket report in the coming weeks!

Hosted by: Industrial market research experts George Cutro and Chad Buch

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How to boost rent by $7 p.s.f. and improve your golf swing

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Just six months after acquiring the 1970s-style Class B property at 222 South Riverside Plaza in 2014, ownership kicked off a transformational renovation with the close involvement of JLL’s agency leasing, project management and property management teams. The project has already experienced tremendous success and is poised to add value to ownership’s investment long after its 2017 completion.

Click below for our Project Profile on 222 South Riverside Plaza. The West Loop tower’s $50 million renovation was featured in the Chicago Tribune and continues to make a major impact on tenant renewals and rental rates.

222 South Riverside Plaza

In a strategic re-use of formerly obsolete space, the team chose the back of the lobby for the new tenant lounge, as the former ground-level retail was not a desirable location for a tenant. The multi-disciplinary JLL team played an integral role in shaping plans and facilitating efficient, clear communication around the specs and schedule of construction.… Read More

American Academy of Pediatrics’ new headquarters of the future

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Since the American Academy of Pediatrics’ headquarters opened more than 30 years ago, the organization has experienced unprecedented growth. Membership has grown by more than 250 percent to 66,000 members, and total staff has increased from 125 to 455 people. AAP tapped JLL in early 2014 to craft a strategic real estate plan for its new “headquarters of the future.”

Click below for our Project Profile on AAP,  an organization committed to the optimal physical, mental and social health and wellbeing for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

American Academy of Pediatrics

We explored expansion and restacking AAP’s existing Elk Grove Village building, purchase of a new building and a ground-up build-to-suit. After touring downtown and suburban sites, it became clear that a build-to-suit was the best choice for AAP’s unique needs. Hamilton Lakes Business Park in Itasca offered proximity to AAP’s valued employee base and future expandability.

As owner’s rep, we facilitated the acquisition of the land site, due diligence and entitlements, as well as the hiring of all project partners. The team worked through the approval process with the Village of Itasca regarding site layouts and engineering, traffic impact and local intersection improvements to help traffic flow.… Read More

mHUB CEO Haven Allen talks manufacturing innovation

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Welcome to Episode 12 of Real Time, JLL Chicago’s industrial podcast. In the first half of this two-part episode, the team learns more about mHUB, Chicago’s first innovation center for physical product development and manufacturing. As mHUB approaches its one-year anniversary celebration in March, CEO Haven Allen reflects on:

  • Creating mHUB to cement Chicago’s status as an advanced manufacturing hub
  • Finding mHUB’s home in River West
  • Attracting and developing talent for Industry 4.0
  • Early success stories, like Fixer

Hosted by: Industrial market research experts George Cutro and Chad Buch


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Why tech employers are freaking out about the Chicago market

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While unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks is a universal truth at any Olive Garden, an unlimited supply of engineers is not a guarantee in a hot tech market like Silicon Valley. That’s why the most agile and bottom-line-minded tech firms have turned to Chicago to find their next tech talent, whether their need is a half dozen or several hundred of the best and brightest.

“We want to tap into the Chicago market. We’re excited about the tech talent there—the new grads, people returning home because it’s such a livable city,” Foursquare senior vice president of engineering Matt Kamen recently told Crain’s Chicago Business.

While Foursquare is starting to hire just a half-dozen engineers locally, enterprise demand for its location data underscores a high-growth and more diversified future for the New York-based business. Foursquare looked at other up-and-coming markets, from Toronto to Austin, but we can guess one big reason Chicago won—tempered wage growth.… Read More

Where to snag Class A space at a $20 PSF discount

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On the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we’re here with an office space discount you have to see to believe. In the last five years, the gap between top-tier downtown and suburban space has dramatically widened, creating interesting opportunities for occupiers looking for luxury.

Since 2012, Class A rents have increased just 7.4 percent in the suburbs, compared with more than 27 percent downtown. For even the smallest tenants, this represents six-figure savings that could be reallocated to other business priorities, from talent retention to technology upgrades.… Read More

This is what happens when office space imitates art

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Donna Mondi had a vision for her 16-year-old interior design firm—a new office and showroom that would bring her team under one roof and reflect their design sensibilities and expert capabilities. Her unexpected inspiration? The industrial chic office set from The Intern, a 2015 comedy starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway.

Enter JLL. “I know that property,” said Christine Bower, Vice President on JLL’s Tenant Representation team.

Click below for our Project Profile on Donna Mondi Interior Design, creator of spaces that are edgy yet sophisticated, modern yet classic, sexy, dynamic and most of all— unpredictable.

Donna Mondi

It wasn’t in River North, where Donna originally wanted to be, and there was no Starbucks in sight (a necessity for Donna and her team). We encouraged Donna and her husband Dominick Mondi, President of Mesirow Financial, to take a look. They took a tour and fell in love. It wasn’t the center of Fulton Market, but it checked every other box.

Knowing the Mondis’ interest in acquiring an income-producing, value-add property, we quickly facilitated the sale for $1.8 million (fortuitously closing the day of the Cubs’ 2016 World Series win). Built in the 1890s, the West Town light- industrial building was a former furniture factory. Donna invested $350,000 to convert the first floor into her company’s new home. The second floor will soon become available for the first time in 20 years, allowing for additional income generation. The space is perfect for a creative tenant craving high ceilings, hardwood floors, original skylights and huge windows.

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Retail therapy draws tenants to suburban Class A product

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Shopping on your lunch hour never gets old. Especially in the suburbs, where the live/work/play perks of urban density are in short supply. Suburban malls offer the opportunity to run errands during lunch, while also conveniently supporting a wide array of business amenities such as restaurants and event space for everyday meetings and larger corporate gatherings.

Across suburban Chicago, Class A office properties within a mile of a major mall are outperforming their competition in three out of four major suburban submarkets. While the area around Woodfield Mall appears to be flagging, JLL Research attributes that to Zurich’s relocation and expects occupancy to soon mirror the strength of its peers.

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This office will make you drop everything and move to the suburbs

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The suburban office market is changing in response to two notable trends. While many corporate users have vacated their longtime campuses for the allure of the live/work/play life downtown, others are recommitting to the suburbs and collaborating with creative landlords.

Click below for our Project Profile on Innovation Park, Lake County, where industry meets inspiration.

Innovation Park

When office park innovator BECO Management acquired the former Motorola Mobility campus in Libertyville in 2014, it fused both trends, creating an urban environment within a suburban landscape. After buying at a low basis and kicking off a large-scale redevelopment, the D.C.-based investor recently chose JLL to market Innovation Park, Lake County.

BECO built it, and we’re making sure they come. As dozens of brokers tour the property each month, the most common reaction is “I had no idea.” With services from meals to daycare and fitness to laundry, employees never have to leave. The productivity implications are profound. Nowhere else can your day include an on-site massage, team bonding in the game room and soaking up sun on the bike path. We’re telling a singular story, and two major tenants have already signed on: Valent Biosciences (98,000 s.f.) and Brightstar (65,000 s.f.).

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Commuting in the suburbs: A SWOT analysis

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In a market as large as suburban Chicago, getting to work can be around the corner or a major undertaking. Our Research team recently completed a suburban SWOT analysis, determining the top three modes of transportation used to get to the office in each submarket. Roll over each submarket below for the details.

Strength: Public transit

Public transportation, from the L to the Metra, has been a boon to several… Read More

Culture commandments from Google, Paylocity, ABT and Andigo

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“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” –Peter Drucker

As the nature of work continues to change dramatically, the technology available to us, services we offer our employees and the spaces we create are evolving as well. A focus on experiences is driving the future of workplace culture, which was the topic of conversation last week at the Schaumburg Business Association’s Commercial Real Estate Summit – The Future of Work.

Our own Senior Vice President Mark Kolar and National Workplace Consulting lead Ed Nolan hosted a panel of workplace experts from both established and rapidly growing buzzworthy brands: Google HR Business Manager Jacky Schiestel; Paylocity VP of Human Resources Jay Schedler; ABT Electronics Co-President Mike Abt; and Andigo COO Jean Theis. Enjoy their culture commandments as inspiration to make bold changes in your own workplace.

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JLL’s Adam Pines and Mark Kolar; ABT’s Mike Abt; Andigo’s Jean Theis; Paylocity’s Jay Schedler; JLL’s Ed Nolan; SBA’s Kaili Harding; and Google’s Jacky Schiestel

Just say yes

ABT doesn’t have an employee manual, but for more than 80 years and three generations, the founding family has been instilling a culture of “yes.” Employees quickly learn to take on any reasonable request from a customer, which infuses the store with positive energy and optimism.… Read More

Overheard at NAIOP CRE Converge 2017: Top trends and takeaways

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We were on the scene at NAIOP CRE Converge today, and the common theme was the inevitability of technology and its increasing influence on the commercial real estate industry and beyond. In addition to a podcast recap from our hosts of Real Time, JLL Chicago’s Industrial podcast, we’ve pulled together top future-state tech trends.

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Autonomous vehicles

How will autonomous vehicles impact parking requirements and more fundamentally, how we view space? With blockchain technology and macro integration of data, we will be able to view individual properties and sections of cities and towns. Consider the city a body and all the external factors (autonomous vehicles, social norms, etc.) organs. In order to understand how the body functions, you need to have a grasp on each organ and how they interrelate, and technology will help us do that. Eventually that will lead to smarter decision-making when constructing, leasing, managing and selling.… Read More

Two million-square-footers in I-80?!

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Welcome to Episode 8.5 of Real Time, JLL Chicago’s industrial podcast. In this episode, the team previews the Chicago market’s third quarter industrial statistics, breaking down everything from vacancy and absorption to investment sales and intermodal traffic. The highlights:

  • Vacancy’s up, but the good news is it’s due to spec deliveries
  • Two million-square-footers going up in I-80 – that’s never happened before!
  • A million-square-foot deal remains elusive this year, but things are ramping up post summer slowdown
  • Intermodal traffic is up, which is a positive sign for big box demand

Keep your eyes peeled for a detailed submarket report in the coming weeks!

Hosted by: Industrial market research experts George Cutro and Chad Buch

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Project Profile: Readerlink build-to-suit

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Print sales are hot, with the industry seeing its third straight year of sales growth in 2016. In fact, distribution networks require more sophistication than ever as booksellers strive to meet the immediate and highly specialized demands of their customer bases.

Click below for our Project Profile on Readerlink, the largest full-service distributor of hardcover, trade, and paperback books to nontrade channel booksellers in North America.

Readerlink

Identifying the Salt Lake City area as the consolidation of its Western U.S. distribution network, Readerlink tapped the JLL team to identify a hub facility. With nothing existing on the market, our Build to Suit Practice Group assembled a cross-functional team, from financing experts to project management pros, to assess the viability of a build-to-suit assuming a long-term lease and Readerlink’s credit.

Building a 500,000-square-foot distribution center in the middle of a brutal Salt Lake City winter is challenging enough. Making the entire process financially viable while shifting delivery and budget risk (including winter conditions) onto the developer and landlord was critical.… Read More

Location, location…logistics: On the road at RidgePort Logistics Center

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RidgePort Logistics Center

Welcome to Episode 8 of Real Time, JLL Chicago’s industrial podcast. In this episode, our team hit the road for the topping off of Building Charlie, the latest spec project at RidgePort Logistics Center in Wilmington:

  • Ridge Development Executive Vice President Aaron Martell tells us how the park came to be
  • Elion Partners Managing Principal Shlomo Khoudari shares his vision of a mixed-use destination with amenities unrivaled at any business park
  • JLL Managing Director Keith Stauber explains the stability of long-term park ownership
  • BNSF Railway Regional Manager of Economic Development Eric Pitcher reminds us why rail is key for any logistics network

Fast facts on RidgePort Logistics Center:

  • 2,200 acres capable of accommodating 22+ million square feet of industrial development
  • Nearly 150,000 square feet of commercial development on its way
  • Located at the intersection of I-55 and Lorenzo Road in Wilmington
  • Rail-served on the BNSF transcontinental main line
  • Proximity to the largest inland container port in North America

Hosted by: Industrial market research experts George Cutro and Chad Buch

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Headquarters quiz: Five clicks to your new crib

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Since 2008, downtown Chicago has attracted 88 suburban and 13 out-of-market companies, of which 32 have been headquarters relocations. If your company is thinking of making the move or you’re just curious about new neighborhoods, take this headquarters quiz and land on the best submarket for your team!

 

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